Friday, December 26, 2008

The Spirit Issue # 24

Holy Cow. I survived Christmas but just barely. A blizzard hit last night and knocked out the power. So we walked to Joy's parents house; they had a wood burning stove and we had no heat. Luckily the power was back on by morning so our pipes didn't freeze but it was scary there for a second.

Well its that time to update my blog. as promised here are pictures from The Spirit Issue #24. I really love this issue. At this point I'm into the character and Wayne is kicking butt (as always) with the inks. Once again Lee Loughridge really goes the extra mile coloring and the issue looks great. If you don't believe me check out this review of the art in CBC:

The art is strong, clean, and crisp, very reminiscent of Val Semeiks in his early days on "The Demon", but with much less hellfire and brimstone. This makes me wonder what Semeiks is up to nowadays and whether or not he has been considered for a turn at the artboard on "The Spirit." Hardin does an admirable job with this issue and the various characters within. I'd like to see more from him. His work here is a nice tribute to Eisner, and fits the all ages feel to the story, but I would like to see him really cut loose on some capes and tights.

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Anyhoo... if you get the chance go pick it up. Its definitely my best Spirit stuff yet.


Chad Hardin said...

another good review: The Spirit #24 (DC Comics)
By Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, Chad Hardin, Wayne Faucher & Paul Smith

This is a particularly strong issue for The Spirit, beginning with a march through Cambodia and leading up to a really strong mystery. In Central City, someone is murdering Vietnam veterans who all served together. The hunt for the killer leads the Spirit to uncover the secret the men all shared, with his life on the line. The central mystery is very strong here, and the solution is legitimately unexpected. Even some of the sillier aspects of the Spirit work well. (For instance, how does a guy wearing a mask and refusing to use his real name get on a commercial airline?) Hardin and Faucher's artwork is very strong too, with some nice, dynamic action scenes and really good, animated faces. Plus, the book has a Paul Smith cover, which is always great to see. Very strong issue of a strong series.
Rating: 4/5 --Blake M. Petit

Chad Hardin said...

and another from the comic book bin: The art is also clean, well-crafted and sharp. It is cartoonish, but in a good way. It makes the story easy to follow and is actually relaxing to the eye, quite a relief from the overly-detailed, overly-shaded and overly-scratchy art in so many other books nowadays.

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Hollowmyth said...

Man, that rocks! Great work, Chad!

Jason Copland said...

Really nice stuff, Chad! LOVE that splash page!

Chad Hardin said...

Danke guys!